Saturday, September 4, 2010

Welcome to all the new friends I've met at the virtual BBQ on Karen's blog, still going for those of you who want to join. Awesome what technology can do.

Speaking of technology, in my research yesterday I uncovered quite a catch. The newspaper was bragging about the latest telephone technology, the dial, that was about to be installed in Burke County. No more talking to the "number please" operator. This was 1957, not all that long ago, I'd think. Generations ago, technology wise, though.

The schoolhouse finally got a telephone, but there was one snag. It was on a twelve party line. Imagine talking with the principal with eleven other households listening in. One thing, though, not that many parents had telephones in their homes to make the calls anyway.

Catch of the day,



  1. Really? Wow, I don't know if I would use the phone with such lack of privacy.


  2. Isn't the BBQ fun? Such a neat idea, nice to meet you!

  3. My grandmother had a party line and a future blog. Dropped by from the BBQ. Nice to meet you *waves*!

  4. Hi Gretchen,

    I'm over from Karens BBQ too. Lovely to meet you!

    I quite like those old phones. I recall visiting my great aunts and seeing phones like those. I guess we don't have the party line anymore but we do have facebook and twitter. ;)

    Have a lovely weekend.

  5. A 12-party line! Wow - I can't imagine. Happy Labour Day, Gretchen.